Exceptional COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Jar w/ Hatted Man Design

March 25, 2017 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 261

Price Realized: $10,030.00

($8,500 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional One-Gallon Lidded Stoneware Jar with Cobalt Decoration of a Hatted Man, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865, cylindrical jar with tooled shoulder, flared rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a brushed design of a man with bowler hat, large nose, bowtie, and buttoned coat. Brushed cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. Includes salt-glazed stoneware lid. The possibly-unique design on this jar may represent a clown or early comic character and exhibits strong folk art appeal. With excellent color and a desirable one-gallon size, this jar is one of the finest examples of Cowden & Wilcox pottery to come to auction in recent years. Jar in excellent condition with a 1 1/4" surface line from rim above one handle, probably in-the-firing, a tiny, in-the-firing surface nick to reverse, and minuscule spots of wear to inner rim for lid. Lid in excellent, essentially as-made condition. H (excluding lid) 9 1/4".

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